S Kwaku Daddy

S Kwaku Daddy

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Internationally known Master Drummer and folklorist, S. Kwaku Daddy, introduces traditional culture, music, dance and stories of Ghana, as well as other African countries to children and teachers of America.

Biography

A celebrated performer, artist and teacher, Kwaku was born and raised in Ghana. A dynamic performer and spellbinding folklorist, he brings history alive through customs and ritual tradition reflected in the vibrant sounds and rhythms of the African surroundings.
Daddy has co-headlined and performed with some of the world class artists in jazz, rhythm and blues and reggae, including Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Randy Weston, Santana, Quincy Jones, John Handy, Third World, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and has conducted numerous educational workshops with the legendary Johnny Otis. In 1978, Daddy assisted the Paul Winter Consort with their "Common Ground" album.

In 1990, Daddy performed his "African Concerto" as guest composer and soloist with the Santa Rosa Symphony in cooperation with the area school districts for multicultural studies. The same year, he was the recipient of the Sonoma county Arts Traditional Folk Artist Award.

Mr. Daddy integrates West African philosophy, history, culture, music and dance into the core curriculum of his classes. Currently he is teaching in the Music Department at City College of San Francisco as well as at Sonoma State University. Perhaps his greatest expertise is the thunderous power of his drumming. To be a master drummer is one of the highest honors a man can achieve in Africa. Daddy has released seven albums. He is a member of ASCAP and the Recording Academy.

Discography

The Journey
POSITIVE
THE CIRCLE
LIFE'S RHYTHMS
HEDZOLEH
HERITAGE II
NYEMIMEI EE
TIMES OF CHANGE
Heritage